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Examining Adrian Peterson’s Role In New Orleans

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The top running back of his generation is officially teaming up with a top-three signal caller of his generation.  The Saints have agreed on a deal to bring Adrian Peterson to New Orleans, thus opening Drew Brees’ championship window as much as possible.

Four seasons have passed since AP’s magical 2,097-yard season in which he single-handedly carried the Vikings’ offense to the playoffs.  Since then, AP has played in 34/64 regular season games.  He has missed majority of the 2014 and 2016 seasons because of a suspension and injuries, respectively.

Peterson led the league in rushing in his lone 16-game season since 2012 with 1,485 yards along with 11 touchdowns and a playoff berth in 2015.

Last year, his play before a torn meniscus did not inspire confidence that AP would reign supreme for much longer.  He gained only 72 yards on 37 carries in three games behind a suspect offensive line.

So, with Peterson healthy and in a new environment, how big will his role be with the Saints in 2017?

AP’s flaws are well known at this point in his career and are being written about in every article about him this offseason.  He can’t pass block, can’t run out of the shotgun, and injuries are a concern.  He’s also reached an age (32) that has not been friendly to running backs, historically.

But ideally, New Orleans must be in the top-three best situations out of any team for Peterson to be successful.

Luckily for the Saints, they already employ a no. 1 running back in Mark Ingram.  They won’t need to ask AP to carry this team like many Vikings teams did in the past.

Tim Hightower has been the primary backup to Ingram the past year-and-a-half, gaining 923 rushing yards, 329 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns in 24 games.  That, to me, inspires confidence that AP can excel in a backup role to Ingram.  More-so than the recent projects with Hightower and C.J. Spiller’s careers.  (Although I still to this day love that game-winning 80-yard touchdown from Spiller in OT)

Along with serving as a backup to a great running back, AP will also have the luxury of running behind fullback John Kuhn.  Kuhn has been one of the better fullbacks of the last decade, and the Saints are one of the few teams that still employ the position.  Peterson excels having a fullback to follow.

The Saints have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL, too.  If AP can’t succeed running the ball this season, it won’t be because the blocking failed him.

That puts pressure on Sean Payton to get creative with the use of AP, Ingram, and Kuhn together.  Payton and Brees’ offenses have consistently been one of the more dynamic attacks in the NFL year after year.  He will find a way to get the production out of Peterson that Spiller could not deliver.

The departure of Brandin Cooks via trade with New England should not have any effect on the running game.  Even without Cooks’ home-run threat on the outside, teams will not be able to stack the box with any more comfort knowing that Brees is throwing the ball.

New Orleans also owns the 11th and 32nd picks in the first round of this Thursday’s draft.  They have the ammunition to acquire a top wide receiver prospect.  Although, they might not have to, considering Brees’ ability to produce no matter who is receiving his passes.  They may choose to upgrade their consistently bad defense, instead.

Peterson should fit in comfortably with this offense for the next two seasons.  He will be carrying a massive chip on his shoulder for being cut and passed over by many teams.

Oh, and it’s just too-good-to-be-true that the Saints’ first game of the 2017 season is a Monday Night visit to the Minnesota Vikings.

22-year-old Writer out of Baltimore, Maryland. Towson University Alum- Class of 2016. I've been a Ravens fan for as long as I can remember and will defend them for life. I love Football in general, and I am getting more and more into Basketball and Baseball everyday. I aim to inspire the most out of people through my writing. Dream Big.

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NFC: What’s At Stake on Championship Sunday?

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NFL Championship

In the National Football League, today is known as championship Sunday. Back in August 32 teams had hopes and dreams of playing in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on February 4. In the NFC, 16 teams started. Four are all that remain. Minnesota and Philadelphia. Before the game starts, here’s how they got here.

Minnesota Vikings

In the first four weeks of the regular season, they went 2-2. Then, they went on a nine-game winning streak. To close out the regular season, the Vikings won their final three games. Overall, the Vikings finished the 2017 regular season with a 13-3. The won the NFC North division and got a bye in the playoffs.

During Wildcard weekend, the Vikings watched as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers. Then in last weeks thrilling NFC Divisional game, the Saints traveled to Minnesota to face the Vikings. With 10 seconds left in the game, quarterback Case Keenum threw what is known as the Minnesota Maricle. Now, with one game away from not only hosting a Super Bowl but also playing in it, they must go through Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. As for most recent seasons, this is the first time the Vikings are in the NFC Championship game since the 2009 season.

Philadelphia Eagles

In a tough NFC East division, it looked like Dallas was going to run away with the division title. But, it was the Eagles who stole that from them. Not only that but for being a 13-3 team, they earned a first-round bye and home-field advantage. Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Atlanta Falcons. Thanks to the Eagles defense, the Eagles have advanced to the 2017 NFC Championship game. This is the Eagles first championship game since the 2004 season.

My Thoughts

My thoughts on the game are that I would like to see Minnesota be in the same Super Bowl considering they are hosting. Eagles deserve it too, but not as much as the Vikings.

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2018 Opponents Set For Each NFL Team

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Now that the 2017 regular season in the books, it’s time to look forward to the 2018 season right?

Just like eating at some of the top restaurants in the nation, it’s good to know what’s on your plate next, regardless of how far away you are from your next dish.

Here is the rundown of the opponents for each NFL team in 2018:

AFC EAST

 

New England Patriots
Home: Buffalo BillsMiami Dolphins, New York JetsGreen Bay PackersHouston TexansIndianapolis ColtsKansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Chicago BearsDetroit LionsJacksonville JaguarsPittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

Buffalo Bills
Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

Miami Dolphins
Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans
Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

New York Jets
Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

AFC NORTH

 

Pittsburgh Steelers
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta FalconsCarolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baltimore Ravens
Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans

Cincinnati Bengals
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers

Cleveland Browns
Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets
Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC SOUTH

 

Jacksonville Jaguars
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Tennessee Titans
Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

Indianapolis Colts
Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Houston Texans
Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants
Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

AFC WEST

 

Kansas City Chiefs
Home: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Los Angeles Chargers
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders
Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Denver Broncos
Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

NFC EAST

 

Philadelphia Eagles
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Dallas Cowboys
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

New York Giants
Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans
Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

NFC NORTH

 

Minnesota Vikings
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks

Detroit Lions
Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers
Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins

Chicago Bears
Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

NFC SOUTH

 

New Orleans Saints
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

Carolina Panthers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Atlanta Falcons
Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants
Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

NFC WEST

 

Los Angeles Rams
Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles
Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders

Arizona Cardinals
Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins
Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

San Francisco 49ers
Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders
Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Replacing Dalvin Cook: Florida State Football Doesn’t Rebuild They Reload

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In 2017 Florida State football will have to replace the most productive running back in school history. Dalvin Cook was drafted by The Minnesota Vikings with the 41st overall pick to help replace Adrian Peterson. Now, Florida State will have to try and replace him.

Conventional wisdom says they will take a step back, but Florida State football does a lot more reloading than rebuilding these days. As great as Dalvin Cook was during his record breaking career, Florida State’s backfield will probably be their biggest strength this season.

The Seminoles will have two five star running back recruits coming into the program this year, Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn.

Akers was the number 1 ranked running back in the country and the number 2 player overall. The Mississippi native and former high school quarterback accounted for 8,140 passing yards and 5,103 rushing yards in his four years as a starter.  He also tallied 149 total touchdowns.

Laborn was the number 1 ranked all-purpose back in the country. As a starter he compiled over 4,000 yards rushing and 45 touchdowns in his career with an average of 10.5 yards per carry. He was also MVP of the 2017 Under Armour All-American Game.

The Virginia Beach product is definitely ready for the spotlight. He elected to wear number 4, Dalvin Cook’s old number, and he announced his commitment to FSU by hopping out of a Lamborghini and waving a giant FSU flag at the Nike sponsored “The Opening” combine.

Junior, Jaques Patrick and sophomore, Amir Rasul will compete with the two freshman for a majority of the carries this season. Both Patrick and Rasul have game experience. Patrick served as the primary backup for Cook last season.

The running back by committee movement will be pretty fun to watch in 2017.


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